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Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011 Baking and Family Time

Hello friends!

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend!  I don't know about you..but I reeealllyyyy didn't want to get up this morning.  I worked at 6am at my coffee catering job so I set three different alarms to make sure I'd make it to work on time.

I had a long and busy weekend myself!  But it's all worth it to eat delicious food and hang with family right??

Left to Right: Rachey (11), Grandma Kathy (mom's mom), Josh (19), Me and Mama Sue.

I spent Wednesday evening and Thursday morning with my littlest sister Rachey.  We watched The Adventures of Milo and Otis, baked some goodies and had a sleepover.  Fun girl time!

I made some pumpkin and banana muffins before Rachey arrived using my banana-pumpkin bread recipe with 1/2 of a cup less of pumpkin.  Turned out tasty!

I wanted to make more muffins because of the three thanksgivings I was going to PLUS going out of town to the farm to visit the BF's family.  So we made some Banana Nut Muffins with pumpkin and little chocolate chips (instructions here).

I reeeealllyyy wanted to make the Sweet Potato Biscuits from my last Friday Five Foodie Finds, but my other sis Courtney could not find the sweet potato we tried pumpkin...delish!  I will post about this recipe later because there are other things I changed and a funny *oops* moment I need to share.

Thursday we went to my Grandma Kathy's for a delicious Thanksgiving feast.  I love that feeling of tradition.  We have pretty much the same meal..side dishes...rolls...etc every year, but it doesn't get old.  It is a comfort to know what to expect, don't you think?  And to start drooling immediately upon entering the house.

Steaming hot turkey.

Grandma's famous homemade stuffing.

Buffet style.

And of course a variety of home-made desserts.

Grandma's pumpkin whoopie pies
After having some laughs, cleaning up, and scoping out the ads for Black Friday, we decided it was time for some family pictures.  This is another holiday tradition.  It helps us keep track of how fast my siblings are growing.

Not me, of course.  I am the oldest sibling and the shortest.  Wanna know a secret?  I'm wearing 4 inch heels in all of these pictures!

Oh  I forgot to mention one of the funny moments of this Thanksgiving season.

My sister Courtney came over to bake some cookies.  She used my Pumpkin Spiced and Sprinkled Cookies recipe.  She made the dough first, put it in a plastic bag, and cut off the tip to squeeze out the dough...piping style.  Here is how they looked on the pan...

Oh sis.   Thank you for entertaining me. :-)

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and remember all you are thankful for!

Have a great week friends!
~Amanda aka Semi-Health Nut~

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